Banya Men!

Though they aren't common in the United States, Jjimjilbangs, Banyas, Onsens, and Hamams are a great places to hang out.  This is a group for men comfortable in their own skin and appreciate the eastern ideas of public bath houses.

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Where's your favorite Banya - Hammam - Jjimjilbang - Spa - etc.?

Started by Stephen Charles Bond. Last reply by Ricky Mar 24. 32 Replies

Since this forum is about discussing the benefits, history, and culture of hot air bathing, wouldn't it be apropos to tell the other members of the group about any outstanding (and preferably manly)…Continue

The Uninitiated

Started by Stephen Larsen. Last reply by Stephen Larsen Mar 22. 29 Replies

Hey Banya Men!  So we all love hanging out with bros getting our sweat on and self inflicting pain by jumping into icy cold water.  But how do we invite the uninitiated without coming across as…Continue

Tags: experience, uninitiated, Jjimjilbang

Scaring people off?

Started by Tyler Jacobs. Last reply by Ricky Jan 7. 9 Replies

As I posted earlier, I got to take a good friend of mine to a nearby spa for the first time the other night.  We went with another friend of mine and it was a great experience.  He said he liked it…Continue

Hammams in the UK

Started by Nick McDonald. Last reply by Tarquin Anstruther Oct 30, 2013. 3 Replies

Hello all,I was wondering if any of you gentlemen knew of any good hammams in the UK. I had the opportunity to visit Istanbul back in 2012, but missed out on the hammam experience (if you haven't…Continue

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Comment by Tarquin Anstruther yesterday

Stephen, I would love if you could too! 

Comment by Stephen Larsen on Thursday

I totally would if I could afford the plane ticket and take the time off.  I went to the Imperial Spa in Vegas a few weeks ago.  It was a blast.  I loved the heated clay ball room.  Felt so great on my back.

Comment by Tarquin Anstruther on April 17, 2014 at 4:51am

I'm off to budapest again this year for the first week in July, the home of the spa and I'm wondering if anyone else might be tempted to join me there. It would be nice to meet some of my AOM brothers in the flesh, literally.

There are some world class spas waiting for you guys!

Comment by Tim on March 7, 2014 at 9:44pm

It is mandatory but honestly it's no big deal. Men young and old, dads with their sons, all enjoying the pools, steam and sauna. Great place; you need to get to DC sometime.

Comment by Phillip T on March 7, 2014 at 9:40pm

Tim I see that nudity is mandatory in the pool area at SpaworldUSA. I find that amazing since they also say that they have a family oriented business with gender separation. I did not think there would be such a place in VA. Times are changing

Comment by Tim on March 7, 2014 at 7:31pm

Heading back to Spa World this weekend in northern Virginia. Cannot wait. Hope everyone on this group is doing well.

Comment by Tarquin Anstruther on February 10, 2014 at 11:16am

Anyone been to Bratislava? trawling the web there is a lot of stuff but a personal opinion would be lovely if any of you guys have investigated the spa scene there.

Comment by crandles on February 9, 2014 at 9:51pm

I forgot the link to the bathhouse story

Comment by crandles on February 9, 2014 at 2:57pm

Article in today's New York Times about Korean bathhouses.  Its from a woman's perspective (and in the later paragraphs talks a lot about cosmetics and the Korean pursuit of bodily perfection--not just limited to women), but nevertheless it is a good description of a jimjilbang. I wish she had enlisted her husband to write about his experience.

Comment by Brown Fox on February 5, 2014 at 9:34pm

I've walked by the Russian baths in the East Village a couple of times. The closest I've been to the experience is the steam room at my local gym in Fishkill, NY. My muscles feel more relaxed and my skin feels rejuvenated after a good steam. My weight seems to go down faster, too. I'd love to hang loose with a like minded brother someday.


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